The £15m rail project, aimed at plugging a significant connectivity gap in the west of Greater Manchester, is among several transport projects listed to receive a share of £69m from the Government.
However, Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham said the creation of the train station would depend on whether Network Rail opts to scrap a service connecting Cumbria to Manchester Airport that runs through Golborne in Wigan.
Retaining this service is “crucial to the delivery of the station,” Burnham said, adding that the Greater Manchester Combined Authority would be making “extremely strong representations” to ensure the service continues.
“The people of Golborne and Lowton have had their hopes raised a number of times. I think we all need to be determined to make sure this is delivered,” he said at a meeting of the GMCA on Friday.
Other projects that the combined authority has earmarked to benefit from its second wave of funding from Whitehall’s £2.45bn Transforming Cities Fund include:
- A £20m cash injection to improve the city region’s bus network
- £7m towards the replacement of Greek Street bridge in Stockport, part of the borough’s £550m station masterplan
- £10m on electric vehicle charging infrastructure across the city region
- £2m for a travel hub featuring a park and ride provision in Tyldesley
In September 2018, GMCA was awarded £243m from the first tranche of the Transforming Cities Fund, which was used to purchase new trams for the Metrolink network and to further the city region’s active travel agenda through the development of the Bee Network walking and cycling route.